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Did the EgyptAir plane explode in the air?

The Egyptian Aviation Investigation Committee found traces of explosives on remains of victims from crashed EgyptAir flight MS804

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The Egyptian Aviation Investigation Committee found traces of explosives on remains of victims from crashed EgyptAir flight MS804, it said on Thursday.

Last May, a probe revealed that a ‘fire’ was mentioned on voice recorder of doomed EgyptAir flight.

EgyptAir Flight 804 disappeared from radar about 2:45am local time on May 19 between the Greek island of Crete and the Egyptian coast.

Previously, investigators have said after analyzing a recovered cockpit voice recorder, that pilots tried to put out a fire on board the plane that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in May.

Relatives and friends of the cabin crew and passengers, who were on board the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, attend a mourning ceremony on May 22, 2016 at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo's Abbasiya district. (AFP)
Relatives and friends of the cabin crew and passengers, who were on board the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean, attend a mourning ceremony on May 22, 2016 at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo's Abbasiya district. (AFP)

The recordings were in line with data that was recovered from the wreckage which showed heat, fire, and smoke around a bathroom.

Radar data showed the aircraft had been cruising normally in clear skies before it turned 90 degrees left, then a full 360 degrees to the right as it plummeted from 11,582 meters to 4,572 meters.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military spokesperson on May 21, 2016 and taken from an undisclosed location reportedly shows some debris that the search teams found in the sea after the EgyptAir Airbus A320 crashed in the Mediterranean. (AFP)
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian military spokesperson on May 21, 2016 and taken from an undisclosed location reportedly shows some debris that the search teams found in the sea after the EgyptAir Airbus A320 crashed in the Mediterranean. (AFP)

The flight was en route from Paris to Cairo, made no distress call, and disappeared when it was at an altitude of about 3,048 meters.

66 people on board have been killed on the crash.

This combination of pictures created on June 17, 2016 shows a handout picture taken at an undisclosed location in Egypt and released by the Egyptian Media Center of the ministry of Civil Aviation on June 17, 2016 showing the flight recorder (L) from the EgyptAir plane, that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, after it was recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean by search teams. (AFP)
This combination of pictures created on June 17, 2016 shows a handout picture taken at an undisclosed location in Egypt and released by the Egyptian Media Center of the ministry of Civil Aviation on June 17, 2016 showing the flight recorder (L) from the EgyptAir plane, that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, after it was recovered from the bottom of the Mediterranean by search teams. (AFP)

(With Reuters)

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